Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley, Bamyan

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Enclosed by Hindu Kush at 2,500 m (8,200 ft), Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley once hosted huge statues of Buddha carved in a cliff, and now forms part of a World Heritage Site preserving Buddhist heritage along the Silk Road. Some 264 km (164 mi) west of Kabul, the giant Bamiyan Buddha statues--which stood 53 m (175 ft), 55 m (180 ft), and 37 m (121 ft) high respectively--were sadly destroyed, with only a barrel vault made of baked bricks from the sixth and seventh centuries remaining. With the Bamiyan River flowing through the valley, this cultural landscape houses artifacts dating from the first to the 13th centuries. Spanning 342 ha (845 ac), the area features numerous Buddhist monastic sanctuaries. To visit Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley on your holiday in Bamyan, and find out what else Bamyan has to offer, use our Bamyan online route planner .
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  • A historical site with a tragic recent history. To get such a great and rewarding experience, it is recommended to have a guide. Tip is oxå to not have Finnish goods, it's very dusty and avoid heels on the shoes, it's the high and uneven steps.
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  • The Bamiyan Valley with his Buddha niches is a true dream: fertile valleys, snow-capped mountain peaks, peaceful people. Also after the demolition of the Buddhas by the Taliban, this place is a very special part of our planet
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  • It's painful to think of what was destroyed, but even so this site is still stunning. The views from top are fabulous! The history in this entire area makes my jaw drop.  more »
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